Amaravati, Apr 15: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who has been at loggerheads with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanding special category status for his state, on Saturday took another dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Calling PM Narendra Modi a junior leader, Chandrababu Naidu alleged the Prime Minister was conspiring against the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
“I became Chief Minister in 1995. But, Modi, who became CM in 2002 is trying to dictate terms to me and is conspiring to weaken the TDP by colluding with opposition parties,” Naidu was quoted as saying. The TDP chief also ridiculed PM Modi’s recent fast against opposition for washout of Parliament session and asked,”Who was responsible for the washout of the session? Was it not the Centre?”
Taking part in B.R. Ambedkar’s Jayanti at Ainavolu village in Guntur district, the Chief Minister announced that he will observe hunger strike on April 20 against the Centre’s non-cooperation over the demand of the special category status for Andhra Pradesh. He will observe the fast at the Bible Mission Ground at Acharya Nagarjuna University, where the TDP is going to hold ‘Dalita Tejam Telugu Desam’.
Naidu urged people to ensure the victory of TDP candidates in all 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh in the next general elections so that the TDP would be in a position to call the shots in the formation of the government at the Centre and secures more benefits for the state. Ahead of the 2014 general elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) forged an alliance with Telugu Desam Party (TDP) with the promise to grant the status to the state.
The Andhra ruling party and the BJP-ruled Centre have been at the loggerheads ever since the announcement of 2018-19 Union Budget. The TDP alleged that the Centre ignored the demand of the status to Andhra Pradesh in the budget, while the latter brushed aside the charges. On March 16, the ruling TDP reached a deadlock with BJP over this issue and ultimately quit the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition.